June to October

Arundo donax (Gramineae)

Giant Reed, Giant Rush, Spanish Reed

Large rhizomatous perennial with spreading, bamboo-like, stems to 6m or more. Rough, tough grey-green leaves and a silky, purple-tinged inflorescence bourne on two year old stems.

Common on damp ground beside roads, sand dunes etc. Often grown as a wind-breaker shelter.